Sixpence None the Richerby Sixpence None the Richer
One of Christian music's best-loved indie bands since its 1994 debut, Sixpence None the Richer scored a much deserved crossover success with this 1998 self-titled effort and its sparkling single "Kiss Me," a hook-driven gem penned by Sixpence guitarist/songwriter Matt Slocum to his wife, lead singer Leigh Nash. The rest of the songs here are less straightforward lyrically, but Nash's ethereal soprano -- think Harriet Wheeler of the Sundays -- brings Slocum's image-saturated poetry to life. "Kiss Me" and the equally bright (though more lyrically cryptic) "Easy to Ignore" are cheerful moments on what is often a dark, complicated record. Most of SIXPENCE recounts the band's struggle to deal with departing band members, a collapsing record label, and an ensuing yearlong legal limbo. Such trials explain songs such as "Anything," where Slocum writes: "They're looking for money as they clean my artistic womb.... We'd like to know if we should pack our tents, shut down the show." Ouch. Fortunately, Nash's sunny vocals and an artful production that sprinkles in Celtic, Latin, and even Gregorian elements prevent the album from being bogged down by its own angst. More along the lines of "Kiss Me" is a cover of the La's jangle-pop classic "There She Goes," which was added to later SIXPENCE pressings and shows us Sixpence at their best: bright, light, and full of fun.
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- Warner Bros Mod Afw
Performance CreditsSixpence None the Richer Primary Artist
Phil Madeira Hammond Organ
Dale Baker Percussion,Drums
David Davidson Violin
Tom Howard Piano
John Mark Painter Accordion,Multi Instruments,Bells,Oud,Muted Trumpet,Hurdy-Gurdy,Mellotron
Perkins Pedal Steel Guitar
Kristin Wilkinson Viola
Kris Wilkinson Viola
Chris Donohue Bass
Peter Hyrka Violin
Antoine Silverman Violin
J.J. Plasencio Bass,Upright Bass
Matt Slocum Guitar,Cello,Multi Instruments,Wurlitzer
Mark Nash Cymbals,Hi Hat
Leigh Nash Vocals
Justin Cary Bass,Bass Guitar
Sean Kelly Guitar
Technical CreditsSteve Taylor Producer
Phil Madeira Contributor
William Stanley Merwin translation
Tony Palacios Engineer
John Mark Painter Engineer
Russ Long Engineer
Beth Lee Art Direction
Andreas Krause Engineer
Ryan Freeland Engineer
Matt Slocum String Arrangements
D.L. Taylor Contributor,Artwork,Cover Painting
Chris Grainger Engineer
Tara Wilson Engineer
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the album opens with my favorite song 'we have forgotten,' about the pain of dreams that have failed, but of the hope we still have when focused on the eternal, not temporal. this album deals with life's many struggles, but uses such driving and melodic music to counterbalance the dreary setting. beautiful vocals, and striking instrumentals, - this is a great album.
Another solid album for Matt Slocum and Co. Excellent from start to finish!! Each song compliments the next :)
The group¿s CD is a classic example of a good group realizing their potential. The song writer¿s lyrics are complicated enough to add importance and meaning to the songs, something that is commonly lacking in such modern works as ¿Oops! I did it again!¿ and ¿Let me go.¿ This CD provides a harmonic flow between songs, with some of the tracks ¿leading-into¿ others. The finely tuned, precise voice of the lead singer strikes a person in the heart, and gives you a true sense of musical beauty. I have seen few CD¿s that I know I will listen to several hundred times in it¿s life, but this is one of them. Every song is clear, well-recorded, and easy to like. Also, this CD provides the listener nice songs that they can relax to. A great buy!
I can't believe that more people haven't written 5 star reviews. SP.N.T.R. is like the best group I have ever heard of. They are sooooo awesome!!!!!!! Thats my input so peace! ~Amanda
i can't tell you enough how awesome this cd is. matt slocum is a talented song writer. it's to bad that kiss me is the only song from this cd that aired on the radio.
My only regret is that only a few of their songs have made it to the radio. I can hardly wait for the release of their new album.
i just love this song, it's wonderful... the words, the music... if there's someone who thinks the same as i please write me
This chic on here has the most beautiful voice you have ever heard. I love the instruments they use.
6p is a great band. Awsome voices and great lyrics. I realy like one of their hit song's, 'kiss me'!
I was walking throught the grocery store the other day and heard the "Kiss Me" song on the store radio. I literally stopped in the midle of the aisle to listen to the song. I am infatuated with this music. It's simply sublime.
Picked this album up on impulse because I've always loved those radio-friendly songs There She Goes and Kiss Me, which featured in the film She's All That and TV's Dawson's Creek. There's something about this jangly American guitar band and their upbeat summer sound - plus singer Leigh Nash has that cutesy, girl-next-door voice that adds to the happy feel good factor that singles out Sixpence None The Richer. Guitarist Matt Slocum is such a fantastic songwriter - he composed most of the tracks himself. I especially like the song The Lines Of My Earth with its haunting melody and lovely line "This is the last song that I write, 'til you tell me otherwise." I don't know if the band are still going, as I haven't heard anything from them for ages, but I do hope so otherwise. Beautiful album that I just can't stop playing.
I think the song ''Puedo Escribir'' is a beautiful song. It is a poem (I can't remember who by) but the lyrics are gorgeous, but sad. The other songs are pretty good too, but I just though ''Puedo Escribir'' doesn't get any regognition ;)